Jimmy Hood

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Jimmy Hood
Member of Parliament
for Lanark and Hamilton East
Clydesdale (1987-2005)
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by Judith Hart
Majority 13,478 (29%)
Personal details
Born (1948-05-16) 16 May 1948 (age 66)
Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Marion McCleary
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Website http://jimhoodmp.org.uk/

James "Jimmy" Hood (born 16 May 1948) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lanark and Hamilton East since 2005. He was first elected in 1987, as MP for Clydesdale.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at the Lesmahagow Higher Grade School in Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire, Coatbridge College, Motherwell Technical College and University of Nottingham. He worked with the NCB for 23 years, as a mining engineer from 1964, the year he joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) until 1987, he started his career with the NCB in the Lanarkshire Coalfield, at Auchlochan Colliery. He became a NUM trade union official in 1973. During the Miners' Strike of 1984-5 he led the striking Nottinghamshire miners.

Parliamentary career[edit]

From 1973-87 he was on Ollerton Parish Council. In 1979 he was elected as a councillor to the Newark and Sherwood District Council and served until his election to Westminster. He has remained a backbencher throughout his parliamentary career, serving on various select committees, including the Defence 1997-2001.

In November 2008, Hood was one of 18 MPs who signed a Commons motion backing a Team GB football team at the 2012 Olympics, saying football "should not be any different from other competing sports and our young talent should be allowed to show their skills on the world stage". The football governing bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all opposed to a Great Britain team, fearing it would stop them competing as individual nations in future tournaments.

In February 2014, Hood outlined his opposition to Scottish independence in a commons debate, stating "Even if the SNP was right and there was a grand, great thing at the end of the rainbow for the SNP and its debate for independence, I would still be against it. If the Scottish people are going to be better off economically and so on, I would still be against breaking away from the Union."[1]

In October 2014, Hood caused controversy when he invoked parliamentary privilege to link former Home Secretary Leon Brittan to accusations of improper conduct with children. He added that 'I am just repeating what I read in the papers'. [2][3]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Marion McCleary since 1967 and they have a son and a daughter and two grandchildren. He suffered a heart attack in 1998.[1]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Judith Hart
Member of Parliament for Clydesdale
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Lanark and Hamilton East